DUI driver ends up with car on frozen lake in OKC

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OKLAHOMA CITY-- In Tuesday’s daylight, you can plainly see the thick ice built up on the south side of Lake Overholser. Ice that literally saved a man’s life Monday night.

“We saw the car skidding across the top of the ice,” said Jason Vaught.

Vaught was returning home Monday night when he saw what he thought was a boat out in the lake.

“I pointed to my friend and I said look at the idiot in the boat,” said Vaught.

But when Vaught saw the taillights light up, he realized it was a car and called 911.

“I was pretty surprised that it held it up so because not just maybe 100 feet in front of it, or probably less than that, 50 feet, you know, you could see the water rippling with the wind,” said Vaught.

William Patrick, 38, was the man inside the vehicle out on the lake. He told police he woke up out on the ice.

After he was safely brought to shore, he was arrested and charged with DUI and failure to devote full time and attention to driving.

The fire chief at the scene said he would guess the ice had to be least a foot thick.

“None of our divers had any trouble.  We pulled the car all the way in and it held the car all the way.  So that’s gotta be some thick ice,” said OKC Acting District Chief, Phil Burgess.

Vaught grew up near the lake and says the ice can get pretty thick in the south cove area. He says the ice conditions definitely worked in the driver’s favor.

“Pretty lucky,” said Vaught.

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